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About Liv's Oyster Bar

Opening in 2006, Liv’s Oyster Bar quickly became a dining destination in Old Saybrook. Inspired by his daughter, Olivia, and years of experience in the restaurant industry, owner John Brescio set out with a desire to welcome the community to his family’s table. Dining at Liv’s, whether in the main room, at the bar, or on the patio, is an experience to be savored with friends and family long after summer on the shoreline has past.The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.

166 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 395-5577

Website:
http://www.livsoysterbar.com/

Catering:
We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes. From weddings in your favorite venue to intimate dinners in your home. Please contact us to learn how each event is tailor made and customized to your desired experience.

Parking Details:
On Street or Parking Lot behind the building

Executive Chef:
John Brescio

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Mon-Fri: Happy Hour Menu 4-6 PM










Liv's Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Romantic (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Healthy (9)
Fun (9)
Cozy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Seasonal (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

ask for mel to tend you table she is awesome and so is the entire staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Liv’s continues to be a great restaurant. The food is wonderful and the waitstaff professional. Everything we ordered was well seasoned.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

All of our meals on Sunday evening were not that good. We were disappointed. Other times we have been at Liv’s the food is delicious!!! Maybe a different chef on Sunday???

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Tables are close together so you get bumped when people walk by but the food was fantastic. The server had one very needy table that held things up but it was a great time.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were so happy the mussels with the delicious sauce were back on the menu (appetizers). I also had the roasted mushroom salad which was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I celebrated New Years Eve 2017 at Liv's Oyster Bar. It was a very pleasant experience. The wait staff was right on point and the food was outstanding. Will be returning real soon!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Liv’s is a favorite restaurant of ours and it lived up to our expectations. The food was outstanding. The oysters were fresh and so tasty. The calamari was battered lightly and was tender and delicious. So were the rest of the appetizers we tried. The Caesar salad and wild mushroom salad were scrumptious. Our entrees were exceptional. We had the swordfish, ahi tuna, apo special, hangar steak and the fried seafood dinner. Every entree for the 10 of us was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed them tremendously. The service was exceptional too. The hostess was great. Our waitress was fantastic- pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable. She and her crew kept us happy with drinks, water, bread etc. I highly recommend Liv’s.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service from Zaida... fabulous Oyster selection and specials. Never rushed and noise level is fine. They could tone the light level down a bit. Will certainly go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We are repeat customers of Liv's. It is unquestionably the best restaurant in Old Saybrook. There were five in our party, and we ordered a wide variety from the menu. Each dish was of high quality - no losers in the bunch. Wednesday night in the winter is a buck-a-shuck for oysters. Last night's were Fisher's Island bred and were very tasty. It was a truly delightful meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took a family for their first time and they loved it! The service was superb!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food here is always amazing and the service is the best I’ve ever experienced! By far my favorite restaurant.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

ive eaten here a couple times and the food and service are always good. its a great place for a date night just make reservations because its not a big place and if there's no bar seats you could wait awhile

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Liv’s was back up to my expectations (after a funky gas smell the last two times we went) . No gas smell, meals were excellent, service was great. Yay because this is my favorite local restaurant. We’ll resume our regular visits 😃

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic oyster selection. Service and food are always perfection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent meal for my wife and I on her birthday. What a great find.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great if you like seafood, a little limited if you dont.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Liv's has consistently provided a relatively sophisticated and accomplished menu. It focuses primarily on seafood but has other good options as well. The wine list is good and reasonable priced and the service is excellent with knowledgable wait staff.

Decibel level permits good conversation and It is an enjoyable place to eat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Table was ready when we arrived. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Had to ask for bread after it was offered and didn't show. Food was well prepared and we enjoyed our choices, oysters, fish taco's, Caeser salad and mushroom ravioli. I would recommend this restaurant and plan to revisit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was amazing, literally cleaned our plates. Service was efficient, friendly and unpretentious. We had a wonderful time and plan to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

What a fabulous meal ! Chef Brescio is the finest on the Shoreline. Every dish at our table had nothing but extremely fresh ingredients. Presentation was outstanding also. Highly recommend making this a must on the Holiday to do list.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Tapas, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I’ve been here several times. The food has ALWAYS been amazing - the service, timing of order being taken to presentation of food to table - SO SLOW - and this last time a middle of a week dinner with empty TABLES - not even busy.

So Disappointed.

Off night perhaps - just know if you go - you’ll have great food - everything else is up in the air.

Good Luck

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have always enjoyed our meals at Liv's. However, this time something was different. The food was not up to their high standards. We specifically asked our waitress if there were any specials and she said there were not. The waitress for the next table proceeded to review the day's specials with them.
Perhaps there has been a change in management or in the kitchen, but we will not be going there again. This is unfortunate as this was our anniversary dinner. It was so bad we have booked another date night anniversary dinner at another restaurant because we feel cheated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Just a little noisy when all the tables were full. Food was very good as were the drinks. Service was excellent .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent fresh local sea food creatively prepared. Well structured wine list. Very helpful worth gluten free guests. Tasty and imaginative desserts. Worth the trip and the price!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent place, oysters were the best! We changed the time of our reservation at the last minute and they were very accommodating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Reliably great food. My seared tuna was lovely. Others really enjoyed squash ravioli, swordfish and a seafood special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As always it doesn't disappoint. Great food and service. Had the oyster's - tasty and delightful. We had several of the small plates - the short rib pastrami and the shrimp roll all delicious. Planning our next visit with friends soon.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was on point. The menu had many options. I will likely return soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Oyster specials make it a must go to place. Just overall very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been to Liv’s several times and always enjoyed our meals as have our friends. The big draw is the oysters; a great selection and best tasting oysters in the state.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Livs is a consistent performer. The meals are delicious and presented well. The raw bar features oysters from a variety of locations, both east and west coasts varieties. Course selections includes lighter fare like fish tacos through womderfully prepared Berkshire pork chops. I highly recommend Livs.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Oysters were wonderful especially on Wednesdays when they are $1.00 a piece. Hamburgers and fries are always delicious. Salad with bacon was great. Wait staff was attentive.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I have had a mixed experience at Liv's. Service has always been good and friendly. That being said the last time I was there, there was an unbelievable smell. I had been told about this by a friend and had gone two time prior without any issue but this last time it was noticeable. I mentioned it to the manager that explained that they were handling the issue and that it was a known problem. We had already ordered our meals and I felt that I should stay. I should have left because the bill was expensive to endure the smell. Embarrassed, I paid the bill and left making note on my receipt of the odor. That same night by chance a friend came in for his birthday, sat down nearby table ordered drinks and then left because of the smell. NOT HAPPY

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The oysters are amazing! We also had the Tuna Tartar with chips and the fish tacos so delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent. I ordered the tuna tartar and the clam chowder. Both were perfect. For entree I got the scallops, which were cooked perfectly. My wife ordered the fish tacos which had an awesome charred taste.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely evening great service and delicious dinner as usual. Our go to in Old Saybrook

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, good service, we love eating at the bar.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious oysters; interesting food choices; helpful, friendly wait staff and a candle in the bread pudding for the celebration! We were allowed plenty of time to visit with one another. Overall, a lovely night out...thanks Liv's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love Livs it’s always excellent!
Our waitress was very helpful and pleasant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved our dining experience. Everything was spot on! Thank you for a delightful evening!

Tags: Hot Spot
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